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Saturday, 09 June 2012 - 7:42
Commonwealth literary prize winners named
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Writers from Sri Lanka and New Zealand have won the Commonwealth Foundation's literary prizes for 2012.

Shehan Karunatilaka from Sri Lanka picked up the 10,000 pound Commonwealth Book Prize for his debut novel Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew.

His book tells the story of a retired hard-drinking sports journalist who tries to track down the elusive Pradeep Mathew - who he considers the greatest cricketer of all time.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, worth 5,000 pounds, was won by New Zealand's Emma Martin for Two Girls in a Boat.

The awards, which were presented at the Hay Festival, aim to showcase new literary talent in the Commonwealth.

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